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15 Best Mind-Bending Thriller Movies Released in the Last 10 Years 

15 Best Mind-Bending Thriller Movies Released in the Last 10 Years 
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Even though these films were released among hundreds of others, they stand out because they manage to surprise us, scare us, and make us think all at the same time.

These are the kind of movies you talk about for days after watching because you're still trying to wrap your head around what happened.

Gone Girl (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing; under media and police pressure, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble, revealing deceits and strange behaviors that lead to a shocking twist where Amy orchestrates her disappearance to frame Nick for murder as revenge for his infidelity and perceived wrongs.

The Platform (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

In a dystopian prison known as "The Hole" with hundreds of floors and two inmates per level, a platform filled with food descends each day, feeding the top levels well but leaving those below starving, leading to a brutal social experiment that sees one man's attempt to create equality and change the system from within.

The Lighthouse (2019)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Set in the late 19th century, two lighthouse keepers, Thomas Wake and Ephraim Winslow, stationed on a remote New England island, descend into madness, paranoia, and terror as they endure a storm-stricken stint filled with mysterious and hallucinatory experiences that challenge their sanity and survival.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters with an acute sense of hearing, the Abbott family survives in silence; but when a noise accident happens, they must fight for survival against the creatures, all while dealing with grief, guilt, and the challenges of raising children in a world where sound means death.

Green Room (2015)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

A punk rock band, after witnessing a murder at a remote neo-Nazi bar, becomes trapped in the green room and must fight for survival against the bar's owner and his associates, leading to a violent and desperate confrontation.

The Handmaiden (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Set in 1930s Korea during the Japanese occupation, a young woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress living on a secluded estate, becoming involved in a plot to defraud her of her inheritance, but unexpected emotions and twists reveal deeper secrets and betrayals.

Don't Breathe (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Three Detroit thieves break into the house of a blind veteran hoping to steal a large settlement; however, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the seemingly helpless victim reveals himself to be a deadly adversary with dark secrets.

The Invisible Guest (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

A young businessman wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with his dead lover beside him; he hires a prestigious lawyer to prepare his defense, uncovering a web of deceit, manipulation, and reversals in a race against time to find the truth.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

An art gallery owner, haunted by her ex-husband's novel—a violent and vengeful story that she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale—reflects on the dark and troubling moments of their past relationship, leading to a devastating realization about her current life and choices.

Burning (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

An aspiring writer becomes entangled in a complex relationship with a former classmate and a mysterious, wealthy acquaintance, leading to jealousy, obsession, and a disappearance that blurs the line between reality and paranoia, escalating to a chilling climax.

Wind River (2017)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

A wildlife officer finds the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation in snowy Wyoming, leading to an investigation with an FBI agent that uncovers a world of drugs and violence, and tests their survival skills in the unforgiving wilderness.

Hold The Dark (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

Summoned to a remote Alaskan village to hunt a wolf believed to have killed three children, a wildlife writer uncovers a harrowing mystery involving the parents of a missing boy and a sinister local secret that tests the limits of nature and civilization.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Astronauts aboard a space station find themselves alone after a scientific experiment involving a particle accelerator makes the Earth disappear, leading them to confront strange and dangerous realities as they attempt to return home.

Gerald's Game (2017)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

While trying to spice up their marriage at a remote lake house, Jessie must survive when her husband, Gerald, dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to the bed; facing hallucinations and childhood traumas, she must fight to escape.

The Gift (2015)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

A young married couple's life is thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years, leading to a chilling confrontation and revelations of past misdeeds.